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Traveling Scam Artists, You May Be Next

Local homeowner Jeff Alexander Local homeowner Jeff Alexander
Construction business owner Jeff Booth  recommends getting a written proposal for the work, check if they have insurance, and he advises working with a local business to follow up if any problems occur. Construction business owner Jeff Booth recommends getting a written proposal for the work, check if they have insurance, and he advises working with a local business to follow up if any problems occur.

Scam artists are on the road this summer and hoping to make you a victim. In the warm weather months many home owners start thinking about home repair projects, making them great targets for traveling scam artists.

Local homeowner Jeff Alexander has had two different offers to seal his pavement in less than a year. "Yeah I felt rushed they acted like the truck was just right down the street and that they could give it to you for a good price. I don't know if it was or not," says Alexander.

And he says at first he could not tell if the workers were trying to scam him. "You know they through up a few warning signs," he says, " But for the most part I didn't know if they were a scammer or not. "

Scam artists may be the best salesmen you'll ever meet but there are ways to catch them in the act.

Construction business owner Jeff Booth says, "The first thing you want to know is where their business is located. The name, address and phone number. Next you want references or as I recommend call the Better Business Bureau.

Booth also recommends getting a written proposal for the work, check if they have insurance, and he advises working with a local business to follow up if any problems occur.

Another clue is workers insisting on finishing the job in one day. Booth says most jobs take at least a day of preparation before the work begins.

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